New Mexico Prisoner Accidentally Left in Solitary Confinement For 2 Years Wins $15.5 Million Settlement

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“A man who was driving across country in 2005 and found himself thrown in a New Mexico jail for DWI, and then spent nearly two years in solitary confinement, has won $15.5 million. …

Stephen Slevin, 59, was depressed in 2005 when he decided to drive across the country, with no particular goal or destination in mind, his lawyer Matt Coyte told ABCNews.com. After being pulled over in Dona Ana County, N.M., on Aug. 24 2005, Slevin was arrested on aggravated DWI charges, and for driving a vehicle that he did not own.

By piecing together documents and records available from the lockup, Coyte said he discovered that after his arrest, Slevin was soon placed in padded cell in the jail’s floor, naked with only a suicide smock on, as what Coyte believes was a form of detoxification.

” — Kevin Dolak, Copyright 2013 ABC News Internet Ventures

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